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March 29, 2017

Antigua and Barbuda

Crayola to retire color from iconic 24-count crayon box

Source: Antigua Observer | Crayola to retire color from iconic 24-count crayon box Crayola is about to ditch one of the iconic colors in its classic 24-count box. The crayon company will make the big announcement Friday on National Crayon Day in Times Square in New York, PIX 11 reported. The company has not yet

Michelle Pfeiffer explains her disappearance from Hollywood

Source: Antigua Observer | Michelle Pfeiffer explains her disappearance from Hollywood Where has Michelle Pfeiffer been? It turns out the answer is pretty simple. “I’ve never lost my love for acting. I feel really at home on the movie set. I’m a more balanced person honestly when I’m working,” says Pfeiffer, who last appeared onscreen

Film Review: ‘Ghost in the Shell’

Source: Antigua Observer | Film Review: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Led by a resolute Scarlett Johansson, Rupert Sanders’ pulse-quickening, formally stunning live-action take on the manga classic both honors and streamlines its source. In “Ghost in the Shell,” the mind and soul of a brilliant original being are extracted, preserved, and rehoused in a sleek,

‘Carlos the Jackal’ gets third life sentence in France

Source: Antigua Observer | ‘Carlos the Jackal’ gets third life sentence in France PARIS — A French court sent “Carlos the Jackal,” once one of the world’s most wanted criminals, back to jail for his third life sentence on Tuesday after convicting him of a grenade attack 42 years ago on a Paris shop that

TSA pat-down of son at DFW Airport leaves mother ‘livid’

Source: Antigua Observer | TSA pat-down of son at DFW Airport leaves mother ‘livid’ Going through TSA check points at airports can potentially be an arduous process — but on Sunday, a Texas woman likened it to going “through hell.” Jennifer Williamson posted a video to Facebook of her 13-year-old son Aaron going through a

“I feeling to stab somebody in school today”

Source: Antigua Observer | “I feeling to stab somebody in school today” Trinidad – A threat by an 11-year-old boy to stab someone at school reignited protest action by parents of pupils attending the Santa Rita Roman Catholic School in Rio Claro on Tuesday. The school was shut down as parents burned tyres outside the

Man killed at wake, two others injured

Source: Antigua Observer | Man killed at wake, two others injured Trinidad – One man is dead and two others shot and wounded lastnight (Monday) while at the wake of the brother of reputed gang leader Selwyn “Robocop” Alexis, Sylvan Alexis, who was gunned down at his home on Friday evening in Enterprise, Chaguanas. The

PM Addresses Concerns of Island’s Small Property Owners

Source: Antigua Chronicle | PM Addresses Concerns of Island’s Small Property Owners The importance of the contributions made to the local economy through the operation of boutique properties was highlighted recently during a meeting convened with Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne, Tourism Minister the Hon. Asot Michael, and approximately twenty (20) owners and managers

UPP trio walk on fraud charges

Source: Antigua Observer | UPP trio walk on fraud charges   Charges of larceny, fraudulent conversion and corruption which were filed against the Political Leader of the opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) Harold Lovell and his colleagues MP Wilmoth Daniel and Dr Jacqui Quinn on May 31, 2016 have been dropped http://antiguaobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/0328-UPP-CASE.mp3 The criminal cases

No sign of missing man as police continue to appeal for help

Source: Antigua Observer | No sign of missing man as police continue to appeal for help One week after Charlesworth Franklyn Richards was reported missing, the police said they are yet to make a breakthrough in the case, as his relatives, including an identical twin brother, reportedly continue to get more worried. Inspector Frankie Thomas

US Ambassador suggests residency, fingerprint requirements for CBI programmes

Source: Antigua Observer | US Ambassador suggests residency, fingerprint requirements for CBI programmes US Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Linda S Taglialatela, is of the opinion that there should be residency and fingerprint requirements for people seeking passports in regional countries with Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programmes. Speaking with Ken Richards of WINN

Barbuda’s time

Source: Antigua Observer | Barbuda’s time By the time you read this piece, the results of the Barbuda Council election should be known. The fussing and the fighting should all but be done. Well, we hope so because Barbuda has a bit of a reputation for close elections. In any case, there were six seats

Windies extend vexing run with opening loss

Source: Antigua Observer | Windies extend vexing run with opening loss BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — A muted West Indies displayed little of the bluster that made them World champions, as they slumped to a disappointing six-wicket loss to Pakistan in the opening Twenty20 International of the four-match series in Barbados on Sunday. In what appeared

Pigotts Crush Bethesda, Blackhawks Keep Soaring

Source: Antigua Observer | Pigotts Crush Bethesda, Blackhawks Keep Soaring Pigotts Crushers rebounded from their opening loss to the Liberta Blackhawks in the Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) Two Day tournament over the weekend, winning convincingly over Bethesda Golden Eagles by an innings and 54 runs in Pigotts. Winning the toss and opting to

Nation needs to believe, says Lawrence

Source: Antigua Observer | Nation needs to believe, says Lawrence PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Trinidad and Tobago head coach Dennis Lawrence has urged the country to start believing in the national team, despite the huge task they face in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. T&T lie one from bottom of

ABFA candidate to consider Derrick as GS if elected

Source: Antigua Observer | ABFA candidate to consider Derrick as GS if elected Antigua & Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) presidential candidate Edson Joseph said he would consider extending the contract of the association’s current General Secretary, Gordon Derrick, should he be elected at the body’s next meeting slated for May 22. Joseph, a former executive

Firearms expert says fatal bullet matched combat gun

Source: Antigua Observer | Firearms expert says fatal bullet matched combat gun Forensic firearms expert Graham Husband testified yesterday that the bullet recovered from murder victim Coldrick Lewis matched a round that was test-fired from the weapon police found in a bushy area, not far from the crime scene. Husband, an assistant superintendent of Police

Venezuelans nabbed entering Antigua illegally

Source: Antigua Observer | Venezuelans nabbed entering Antigua illegally Immigration officers are questioning four Venezuelan men who allegedly tried to sneak into the country illegally on Sunday. The quartet was found moments after they swam ashore at Long Bay some time between 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm. It is alleged that the men were dropped

Japan avalanche kills 8 teenage mountaineers on school trip

Source: Antigua Observer | Japan avalanche kills 8 teenage mountaineers on school trip TOKYO — Eight teenagers from a high school mountaineering club died in an avalanche on Monday in an area of northeastern Japan that had been blanketed by unusually heavy spring snows, authorities said. The students were training about 100 miles north of

Canada to legalize recreational marijuana in 2018, official says

Source: Antigua Observer | Canada to legalize recreational marijuana in 2018, official says TORONTO — Canadians should be able to smoke marijuana legally by July 1, 2018, a senior government official said Monday. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government will introduce legislation to legalize recreational marijuana the week of April 10th and it should become

London attack: Khalid Masood mother ‘shocked and saddened’

Source: Antigua Observer | London attack: Khalid Masood mother ‘shocked and saddened’ The mother of Westminster attacker Khalid Masood has said she is “shocked, saddened and numbed” by his actions. Janet Ajao said she had “shed many tears for the people caught up in this horrendous incident”. Masood killed three people when he drove a

Police Federation laments new era of criminality

Source: Antigua Observer | Police Federation laments new era of criminality The Jamaica Police Federation is urging members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and its affiliates to continue to hold fast to the guiding principles of their oath of office even as they mourn the murder of Corporal Kevin McLean, who was cut down

PM: Ten per cent of loan stock still delinquent

Source: Antigua Observer | PM: Ten per cent of loan stock still delinquent Prime Minister Gaston Browne has reminded the public that the economy of Antigua & Barbuda is still vulnerable due to a block of delinquent loans incurred years ago, under the former administration. Browne made the disclosure during a tense interview on OBSERVER

Gunman robs All Saints family, traumatises mother of five

Source: Antigua Observer | Gunman robs All Saints family, traumatises mother of five A 44-year-old mother of five who was the victim of a robbery in her apartment over the weekend, said she’s now fearful of sleeping in her own home after the attack in which she was held at gunpoint. Brichelle Winter, who lives

Electoral team ready for Barbuda Council and by-elections

Source: Antigua Observer | Electoral team ready for Barbuda Council and by-elections The returning officer assigned to oversee and monitor the Barbuda Council elections and a by-election, which is scheduled to run concurrently on the sister island today, has guaranteed that the process will be handled efficiently. Vernest Mack said her team has been adequately

Analysts say CIU resignations must be explained

Source: Antigua Observer | Analysts say CIU resignations must be explained A transparency advocate, a political analyst and a former senator have agreed that Prime Minister Gaston Browne owes the public an explanation as to why the two most senior officers of the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) have resigned. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of

Stakeholders give advice after Carnival launch

Source: Antigua Observer | Stakeholders give advice after Carnival launch Various groups with a stake in Antigua’s Carnival have made several recommendations to the Antigua & Barbuda Festivals Commission regarding the staging of events for this year’s 60th anniversary. They shared their views after the commission launched Carnival 2017,  under the theme “Celebrate Greatness” on

Youth Of A&B Nab Top Spots In A Major International Swim Meet

Source: Antigua Observer | Youth Of A&B Nab Top Spots In A Major International Swim Meet Antigua & Barbuda has had an impressive showing at the 16th Annual Nevis to St Kitts Cross Channel Swim held yesterday. Representing the country were Austin Vernon Osbourne, 15; Jonathan Edwards, 14; Joshua Edwards, 13; Alliana Spencer, 12; and

Hamilton second as Ferrari dominates opener

Source: Antigua Observer | Hamilton second as Ferrari dominates opener MELBOURNE, Australia, (CMC) — Lewis Hamilton’s woes at the Australian Grand Prix continued yesterday when he finished second behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the Formula One season-opener at Albert Park. The 32-year-old Brit started on pole but failed to keep pace with the four-time former

Milestone for Miller as Scorpions whip Red Force

Source: Antigua Observer | Milestone for Miller as Scorpions whip Red Force PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) — Captain Nikita Miller’s 26th five-wicket haul in first class cricket helped Jamaica Scorpions halt their losing skid, with a convincing 87-run victory over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force inside three days yesterday. Setting a modest but tricky

Can we stick to the matters at hand?

Source: Antigua Observer | Can we stick to the matters at hand? If you want a perfect example of how our politicians veer off of the main road and into the weeds, then you need look no further than the recent interaction between Prime Minister Gaston Browne and Senator Harold Lovell during their appearance on

No ‘Love Actually’ when Trump asked actress Emma Thompson for date

Source: Antigua Observer | No ‘Love Actually’ when Trump asked actress Emma Thompson for date <span class=”articleLocation”>British actress Emma Thompson says President Donald Trump once called her out of the blue years ago and asked her for a date. The “Love Actually” star turned him down. Thompson told a Swedish television talk show that the

Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds lauded at public memorial service

Source: Antigua Observer | Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds lauded at public memorial service <span class=”articleLocation”>Mother-daughter-mother actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, who died in December just a day apart, were remembered by fans and friends on Saturday at a public memorial service in the Hollywood Hills, where they were laid to rest side-by-side in January.

U.S. Box Office: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ dazzles again, ‘Power Rangers’ off to solid start

Source: Antigua Observer | U.S. Box Office: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ dazzles again, ‘Power Rangers’ off to solid start   LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Disney’s second weekend of blockbuster “Beauty and the Beast” is dominating moviegoing in North America with $88.3 million at 4,210 locations – capping the best March ever. Lionsgate’s rebooted “Power Rangers”

Jamaica constantly on alert – National Security Minister

Source: Antigua Observer | Jamaica constantly on alert – National Security Minister KINGSTON, Jamaica, Mar. 26, CMC – National Security Minister Robert Montague says Jamaica is constantly on alert for terrorists at the country’s ports of entry by using a watch list provided by the international criminal police organization (INTERPOL). “Our immigration officers are on

Governor’s contract extended

Source: Antigua Observer | Governor’s contract extended ST. GEORGE’S, Cayman Islands, Mar. 26, CMC – The contract for the Governor of the Cayman Islands has been extended for an additional six months. Governor Helen Kilpatrick, whose four-year term was due to end in September, will now be staying on until March 2018. She earlier received

Hotel set to reopen in May

Source: Antigua Observer | Hotel set to reopen in May HAMILTON, Bermuda, Mar 26, CMC  – A refurbished hotel in the west of the island which closed its doors five and a half years ago during a seven-year recession that hit Bermuda is scheduled to reopen in May. The Willowbank Hotel, which opened 56 years

Probe to be launched into alleged civil rights abuses in implementing Trump’s immigration executive orders

Source: Antigua Observer | Probe to be launched into alleged civil rights abuses in implementing Trump’s immigration executive orders WASHINGTON, Mar. 26,  CMC – The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has agreed to conduct a probe in response to Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke’s concerns about alleged civil rights abuses in implementing United

OECS laboratories receive new equipment

Source: Antigua Observer | OECS laboratories receive new equipment CASTRIES, St Lucia, Mar. 26, CMC- Laboratories in Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states are now better equipped to diagnose issues related to human, animal and plant health, and food safety, thus increasing their levels of efficacy and efficiency The Castries based OECS Commission,

Britain reviewing security at parliament after deadly attack

Source: Antigua Observer | Britain reviewing security at parliament after deadly attack Britain will review security at parliament, ministers said on Sunday, responding to criticism that a gate for vehicles was left open for a time during a deadly attack on Wednesday. British-born Khalid Masood was shot dead after killing four people including a policemen

Russian police detain opposition leader, dozens of protesters leftright 15/15leftright

Source: Antigua Observer | Russian police detain opposition leader, dozens of protesters leftright 15/15leftright Police detained dozens of protesters across Russia on Sunday, including opposition leader Alexei Navalny, after thousands took to the streets to demonstrate against corruption and demand the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. The protests, reckoned to be the biggest since

Hong Kong chooses new Beijing-backed leader amid political tension

Source: Antigua Observer | Hong Kong chooses new Beijing-backed leader amid political tension A Beijing-backed civil servant, Carrie Lam, was chosen to be Hong Kong’s next leader on Sunday amid accusations that Beijing is meddling and denying the financial hub a more populist leader perhaps better able to defuse political tension. The majority of the

Brilliant Ambris double puts Volcanoes in strong position

Source: Antigua Observer | Brilliant Ambris double puts Volcanoes in strong position BASSETERRE, St Kitts, Mar 25, CMC — Sunil Ambris’s monumental double hundred ensured Windward Islands Volcanoes took full honours for the second straight day of their eighth round game in the Regional four-day championship at Warner Park. The 24-year-old right-hander, resuming from his

Allen half-century keeps Scorpions on top

Source: Antigua Observer | Allen half-century keeps Scorpions on top PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Mar 25, CMC — Fabian Allen lashed an aggressive half-century in his first match of the season and second in first class cricket, to help Jamaica Scorpions keep their noses in front on day two of their eighth round game against

Another milestone for Chanderpaul but Jaguars totter

Source: Antigua Observer | Another milestone for Chanderpaul but Jaguars totter BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Mar 25, CMC — Veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul passed 26 000 first class runs and was once against standing between Guyana Jaguars and defeat, as Barbados Pride took a stranglehold of their eighth round contest here Saturday. At age 42, the West

Reputational fallout will follow CIU resignations, says UPP

Source: Antigua Observer | Reputational fallout will follow CIU resignations, says UPP The main opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) has warned that the sudden and unexpected resignation of Thomas Anthony from the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) will ultimately undermine confidence in the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP). The UPP’s spokesman and sitting Senator Damani

Police still searching for man missing from bloodstained house

Source: Antigua Observer | Police still searching for man missing from bloodstained house The police have increased the number of officers looking for 42-year-old Charlesworth Franklyn Richards also known as “Twin”, “Junie” and “Boss” whose whereabouts were still unknown up to last evening. While they have not indicated the exact number of lawmen searching for

Trade unionist calls for final amnesty for illegal workers

Source: Antigua Observer | Trade unionist calls for final amnesty for illegal workers Trade Unionist Chester Hughes has spoken out against the decision of the Labour Department to grant amnesty to undocumented non-nationals who are illegally employed by local business owners or are undocumented, self-employed professionals. Hughes, the Deputy General Secretary of the Antigua Barbuda

YIDA development troubles Parham residents

Source: Antigua Observer | YIDA development troubles Parham residents Residents of Parham have expressed concerns about the effect the proposed YIDA development of the North East Marine Management Area (NEMMA) will have on their seafaring community. Fishermen in particular are worried about the threat that some of the proposed zones and activities could pose to

Escape short-lived, prisoner to be charged

Source: Antigua Observer | Escape short-lived, prisoner to be charged The police have confirmed they recaptured Rashard Peters, a convicted thief who escaped from prison officials yesterday morning. The Green Bay man slipped away from the prison guards while he was on the prison farm at Diamonds around 10:45 am yesterday. Lawmen issued a public

Another Brazilian scandal

Source: Antigua Observer | Another Brazilian scandal When the news broke of the meat scandal in Brazil, we immediately turned to the government to see what their reaction would be.  At first, the response was as expected and a bit underwhelming considering the large amount of meat that is imported into Antigua & Barbuda from

NACAC involvement in Athletics Association election saga imminent

Source: Antigua Observer | NACAC involvement in Athletics Association election saga imminent The track & field fraternity in Antigua & Barbuda is bracing for a potential visit from the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NCACA) Athletics Association. This is according to sources close to the Antigua & Barbuda Athletics Association (ABAA), who said the

‘Poor house’ re-building in the works

Source: Antigua Observer | ‘Poor house’ re-building in the works Health Minister Molwyn Joseph has announced plans to repair the dilapidated buildings at the Fiennes Institute, which currently serve as the government-owned care centre for elderly people. “We have our elderly home which started over 90 years ago, the structure has now been proven to

Minister to meet with Central Medical Stores workers

Source: Antigua Observer | Minister to meet with Central Medical Stores workers Strike action by staff at the Central Medical Stores (CMS) has prompted the Minister responsible for their operations to schedule another meeting with them and their union to address their concerns about alleged poor working conditions at their Old Parham Road office. Yesterday,

CARE Project Gets Major Donation

Source: Antigua Chronicle | CARE Project Gets Major Donation In a major show of support, one of the country’s premier health care institutions was the recipient of a large contribution from one of the island’s renowned hotel groups. On Friday, the Antigua Village Home Owners and the Antigua Village Resort handed over a significant amount

Escaped prisoner in custody

Source: Antigua Observer | Escaped prisoner in custody Rashard Peters of Green Bay, who hours ago escaped from prison officials at the prison farm is back in custody. He was apprehend in Grays Farm around 2pm by members of the Rapid Response Unit. It is expected that he will be charged for Escaping Lawful Custody.   BACKGROUND

UPDATE: Prison Escapee, Rashard Peters of Green Bay, RECAPTURED

Source: Antigua Chronicle | UPDATE: Prison Escapee, Rashard Peters of Green Bay, RECAPTURED Rashard Peters RECAPTURED Rashard Peters of Green Bay, who hours ago escaped from prison officials at the prison farm is back in custody. He was apprehend in Grays Farm around 2pm by members of the Rapid Response Unit. It is expected that he will

Police Search For Missing Bathlodge Man, Charlesworth Franklyn Richards Aka “Twin,” “Junie,” or “Boss”

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Police Search For Missing Bathlodge Man, Charlesworth Franklyn Richards Aka “Twin,” “Junie,” or “Boss” The assistance of the general public is being sought by the police in locating a missing Bathlodge resident, Charlesworth Franklyn Richards Aka “Twin,” “Junie,” or “Boss”. “Twin” was reported missing on Wednesday by his fiancé. She reported

Spencer: I Did Not Fire Dr. Newton

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Spencer: I Did Not Fire Dr. Newton PRESS STATEMENT: The Hon. Winston Baldwin Spencer categorically denies firing Dr. Isaac Newton from his post as ambassador during the UPP administration, as falsely asserted by Prime Minister Gaston Browne in a release from his office. The March 20, 2017 release appeared in the Caribbean Times and

With Help, First Lady Makes Donation to Fire Victims

Source: Antigua Chronicle | With Help, First Lady Makes Donation to Fire Victims First Lady of Antigua and Barbuda Maria Browne on Thursday made a monetary donation to a family of twelve who lost their home and possessions in a fire in the Green Bay Community. Aduke Antoine and Valmore Hill who were scheduled to be married

Election candidate takes FA to task over list request

Source: Antigua Observer | Election candidate takes FA to task over list request One candidate for the pending Antigua & Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) election, Edson Joseph, has taken the organisation to task over what he believes is the deliberate withholding of information pertaining to a club contact list. Joseph, who appeared on the Good

Police probe bloody house, missing man

Source: Antigua Observer | Police probe bloody house, missing man The discovery of a large amount of blood in the home and vehicle of a Bathlodge man, whose whereabouts were unknown, up to press time, continued to baffle lawmen who are investigating the circumstances. Police officers close to the probe told OBSERVER media that the

Fraud case against former UPP Cabinet ministers adjourned

Source: Antigua Observer | Fraud case against former UPP Cabinet ministers adjourned The committal hearing for three members of the opposition United Progressive Party (UPP), who have been charged with fraud, was pushed back from yesterday due to an administrative issue. The accused are former MPs Harold Lovell, Jacqui Quinn and sitting MP Wilmoth Daniel

SAP improve Super 8 chances as Old Road stay on top

Source: Antigua Observer | SAP improve Super 8 chances as Old Road stay on top Former Premier Division champions, SAP Football Club, bettered their chance of advancing from Group 1 of the Antigua & Barbuda Football Association’s (ABFA) Wadadli Beer Super 8 Championships on Wednesday. SAP, who avoided demotion to the First Division by winning

Gov’t bans meat products and chicken from Brazil

Source: Antigua Observer | Gov’t bans meat products and chicken from Brazil Antigua & Barbuda has followed the lead of its regional partners by instituting an outright ban on the importation of Brazilian meat products and chicken. The Cabinet of Antigua & Barbuda made the decision yesterday following news that Brazilian inspectors had been bribed

Another misguided attack

Source: Antigua Observer | Another misguided attack We should have known that it would come to this. Love is a funny, fickle kind of thing. What started as an admiration of OBSERVER by Prime Minister Gaston Browne, quickly turned into an infatuation which blossomed into a crush. However, more recently, the prime minister’s affections have

Jamaican charged with attempted murder of Cashew Hill woman

Source: Antigua Observer | Jamaican charged with attempted murder of Cashew Hill woman Fifty-three-year-old Linsome Boyd of Cashew Hill has been charged with the attempted murder of his partner, 47-year-old Althea Henry. The charge was brought against the Jamaican-born Boyd, after Henry was found in a “bloody and bruised state” in Radio Range early Monday

PM unfazed about second CIU resignation

Source: Antigua Observer | PM unfazed about second CIU resignation Prime Minister Gaston Browne has dismissed fears that the resignation of the two most senior persons at the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) will have a negative fallout for the Citizen by Investment Programme (CIP). Acting CEO Thomas Anthony’s resignation comes on the heels of

An amnesty for illegal workers

Source: Antigua Observer | An amnesty for illegal workers Beginning April 1, a two-month amnesty will be in place to make a “significant dent” in what Labour Commissioner Eltonia Rojas said was the “serious” problem of non-nationals working illegally in Antigua & Barbuda (A&B). She said she put the suggestion to the labour minister about

NODS Reports Successful Tsunami Exercise, Caribe Wave, Targeting 26 Schools

Source: Antigua Chronicle | NODS Reports Successful Tsunami Exercise, Caribe Wave, Targeting 26 Schools The annual tsunami exercise, Caribe Wave which targeted 26 educational institutions Tuesday, has highlighted the need for greater significance to be placed on disaster management in the nation’s schools. The activity was undertaken by the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS)

Cashew Hill Man Charged With Attempted Murder

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Cashew Hill Man Charged With Attempted Murder On Wednesday, the Police charged 53yr-old Linsome Boyd of Cashew Hill with the Attempted Murder of Althea Henry, also of Cashew Hill. It is alleged that the accused brutally attacked and battered 46yr-old Henry on Monday in the Radio Range area, and left her

Antigua and Barbuda Nominated for Again World Travel Awards, Vote

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Antigua and Barbuda Nominated for Again World Travel Awards, Vote Antigua and Barbuda, voted the Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination in  2015 and 2016 by the World Travel Awards is in the spotlight once again, as one of the biggest travel awards programme announces 5 nominations for the destination in the 24th

U.S., Canada lift global box office as international sales flat

Source: Antigua Observer | U.S., Canada lift global box office as international sales flat Worldwide movie ticket sales increased by 1 percent to a record $38.6 billion in 2016 as theaters in the United States and Canada rung up higher sales and overseas returns were flat, according to industry statistics released on Wednesday. Movie theaters

China says U.S. should respect China’s air defense zone

Source: Antigua Observer | China says U.S. should respect China’s air defense zone China said on Thursday the United States should respect its air defense identification zone (ADIZ), after CNN reported China had warned a U.S. bomber it was illegally flying inside China’s self-declared zone in the East China Sea. China declared the zone, in

LA sheriff’s office apologizes to Wyclef Jean for handcuffing incident

Source: Antigua Observer | LA sheriff’s office apologizes to Wyclef Jean for handcuffing incident Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department apologized on Tuesday for briefly detaining Grammy-winning hip hop artist Wyclef Jean in handcuffs during a robbery investigation, after Jean said he was “treated like a criminal” by law enforcement officers. The sheriff’s department released a

What happens when corruption is systemic?

Source: Antigua Observer | What happens when corruption is systemic? The human mind evolved to deal with singular threats  —  a lion jumping out of the bushes or a wildfire spreading through the forest. We give cognitive preference to harms that are concrete, immediate, and commonplace in our everyday lives. A consequence of this natural

It’s marijuana day in Florida’s Capitol

Source: Antigua Observer | It’s marijuana day in Florida’s Capitol TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s new medical marijuana market will start to take shape Wednesday as a panel of senators workshops five proposals to put the voter-approved constitutional amendment legalizing the drug into place. The Senate Health Policy committee, chaired by Tampa Republican Sen. Dana Young, will

Android plans to improve security update speed this year

Source: Antigua Observer | Android plans to improve security update speed this year Google has spent the past year working with third party manufacturers and phone carriers to improve its update system for Android, which is often criticized for not being fast enough to protect users from known vulnerabilities. And while Google says it has

New Search Power – Cops, soldiers won’t need warrant in specified zones if anti-crime bill passes

Source: Antigua Observer | New Search Power – Cops, soldiers won’t need warrant in specified zones if anti-crime bill passes Jamaica – Revealing the Government’s latest strategy to bring rampant criminality under control, Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday tabled legislation that could authorise the security forces to search places, vehicles or persons within specific areas without

Too many work-place accidents

Source: Antigua Observer | Too many work-place accidents The number of industrial and work-related accidents in T&T is “alarming” said Labour Minister Jennifer Baptiste-Primus. “Despite the arduous work of the Ministry and OSHA, the statistics for T&T on industrial accidents and fatalities are quite alarming. Statistics reveal that for the period 2006 to 2015 a

Missing Man-Missing Teen Found

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Missing Man-Missing Teen Found 38yr-old Bobby Neugent Simpson of Cashew Hill who was reported missing by family members has been found. Simpson showed up at Police Headquarters Tuesday evening, after hearing that he was reported missing. He appeared to be in good health. Raulishia Joseph of Bethesda Meanwhile, 14yr-old Raulishia Joseph

Festivals minister reveals price tag for Carnival 2017 launch

Source: Antigua Observer | Festivals minister reveals price tag for Carnival 2017 launch The Ministry of National Festivals and Culture has allocated a budget of $270,000 for the launch of the 60th Anniversary of Carnival, Minister EP Chet Greene said yesterday. The event, carded for Saturday, will kick off on Independence Avenue with a Street

Suspected robber on life support after being shot

Source: Antigua Observer | Suspected robber on life support after being shot A suspected thief who was shot in his chest when he tried to rob a businessman yesterday morning was on life support up to late yesterday, with the bullet reportedly still lodged in his upper body. Shorn Charles, 26, was having difficulty breathing,

Family with Antiguan roots performs classical music to local youth

Source: Antigua Observer | Family with Antiguan roots performs classical music to local youth The UK-based Kanneh-Mason siblings, aged seven to 20, have expressed their excitement for the opportunity to perform classical music for Antiguan and Barbudan youth this week, under the theme ‘Playing to Inspire’. The group, which displayed their skills to Barbudan students

Police investigation continues in bludgeoning incident

Source: Antigua Observer | Police investigation continues in bludgeoning incident Officers within the Royal Police Force of Antigua & Barbuda (RPFAB) have recovered “several pieces of evidence” which they believe will assist them as they continue their investigations into an incident that has left a woman fighting for her life in hospital. Police said the

Jaguars open up lead in Four Day standings

Source: Antigua Observer | Jaguars open up lead in Four Day standings BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Guyana Jaguars have opened up a considerable lead at the top of the Regional four-day championship standings, following their comprehensive 10-wicket win over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the seventh round which wrapped up Monday. The two-time defending

I’m partial to being impartial

Source: Antigua Observer | I’m partial to being impartial The Speaker of the House, Sir Gerald Watt, QC recently felt the need to explain a couple of things to the public. In the first instance, he thought that the public might not understand why he would allow the prime minister to spew unfounded allegations towards

Rayne Pledges To Mend Fences

Source: Antigua Observer | Rayne Pledges To Mend Fences Antigua & Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) presidential hopeful Joel Rayne has identified as one of his immediate tasks, should he be elected during the May elections, the bringing together of “disenfranchised” stakeholders. Former vice president Rayne suggests that there is a disconnect between the FA and

357 Magnum, 68 rounds of ammo found in unaccompanied luggage

Source: Antigua Observer | 357 Magnum, 68 rounds of ammo found in unaccompanied luggage St Kitts – St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN); A possible cross-border investigation is underway after a piece of luggage arriving in the federation late last week on a US flight was found to contain a gun and several dozen rounds of ammunition.

Press Release: New head of CIP Unit

Source: Antigua Observer | Press Release: New head of CIP Unit Government announces first Antigua and Barbuda National to head CIP Unit ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda, 21 March 2017 – The Government of Antigua and Barbuda is pleased to announce the appointment of the first national of Antigua and Barbuda, Charmaine Quinland-Donovan, to head

Baghdad car bomb kills at least 21

Source: Antigua Observer | Baghdad car bomb kills at least 21 A car bomb exploded in the Iraqi capital on Monday, killing at least 21 people and wounding 43 others in a mainly Shia district in southwestern Baghdad. The attack – as Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met US President Donald Trump in Washington, DC –

Intel Makes $15 Billion Bet on Self-Driving Cars

Source: Antigua Observer | Intel Makes Billion Bet on Self-Driving Cars Intel said Monday it would buy Israeli autonomous vehicle technology firm Mobileye for $15.3 billion, betting it can become a leader in developing driverless systems for automakers as it continues to diversify away from its legacy chip business. The bet is quite an expensive

Geopolitics, Regulations Causing Wave of Divestments

Source: Antigua Observer | Geopolitics, Regulations Causing Wave of Divestments Geopolitical uncertainty and anticipated regulatory changes are leading companies to jettison some assets, according to new research by Ernst & Young, even if that means losing value in the process. The EY Global Corporate Divestment study polled 900 corporate executives and 100 private-equity executives worldwide

Ex-Trump campaign managerfaces new allegations over ‘black ledger’ payments

Source: Antigua Observer | Ex-Trump campaign managerfaces new allegations over ‘black ledger’ payments A Ukrainian lawmaker today said he has fresh proof that President Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, received illegal, off-the-books payments from the country’s toppled pro-Russian president. Coming a day after the FBI confirmed it is investigating potential links between Trump’s presidential

HDC “squatters” evicted from abandoned buildings

Source: Antigua Observer | HDC “squatters” evicted from abandoned buildings Trinidad – The Housing Development Corporation (HDC) has moved to evict several families who ignored the “No Trespassing” and “Danger” signs and illegally moved into apartments in a housing scheme in Harmony Hall, Gasparillo. Some 25 families, including young children, have been ordered to remove

Antiguan National, Charmaine Quinland-Donovan, Now Heads CIP Unit

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Antiguan National, Charmaine Quinland-Donovan, Now Heads CIP Unit The Government of Antigua and Barbuda is pleased to announce the appointment of the first national of Antigua and Barbuda, Charmaine Quinland-Donovan, to head the country’s important Citizenship by Investment Unit. Ms Quinland-Donovan’s appointment takes effect from 27th March. Charmaine Quinland-Donovan Prime Minister Gaston

Passenger Interdiction, Interview and Interrogation Techniques Central in Ongoing IMPACS Training

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Passenger Interdiction, Interview and Interrogation Techniques Central in Ongoing IMPACS Training Customs and Senior Immigration Officers from around the region have commenced a two weeks train the trainers IMPACS Passenger Interdiction Training Course- advance Interviewing and interrogation Techniques. The forum is being hosted by the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime under

Milestone for EMS…and Antigua and Barbuda

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Milestone for EMS…and Antigua and Barbuda As the year 2017 continues to unfold, Antigua and Barbuda has once again created medical history as the country recently acquired full membership to the National Association of Emergency Medical Services Educators (NAEMSE). This was achieved over the weekend when Antigua and Barbuda’s Emergency Services

Hundreds Turn Out For Sailability Sunday

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Hundreds Turn Out For Sailability Sunday Under the theme, ‘Unite for Antiguans and Barbudans with Special Needs,’ hundreds turned out for the Sailability Super Sunday and Family Fun Day in English Harbour over the weekend. The exercise, which took place on the waterfront at the National Sailing Academy (NSA), saw the

Children with glaucoma need donations for overseas surgery

Source: Antigua Observer | Children with glaucoma need donations for overseas surgery Local optometrist Dr Jillia Bird said close monitoring of infants by parents, clinic workers and pediatricians will allow faster treatment of children with visual impairments. In an OBSERVER media interview, Bird said that there have been two new cases of congenital glaucoma reported

Joseph, Louis bowl Hurricanes to crucial win

Source: Antigua Observer | Joseph, Louis bowl Hurricanes to crucial win KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) — Test seamer Alzarri Joseph combined with Jeremiah Louis to destroy Jamaica Scorpions’ second innings and propel Leeward Islands Hurricanes to a much needed 34-run victory, in an extraordinary, low-scoring seventh round game in Jamaica on Sunday. Chasing 149 to win

Fire victims get $20K donation from government

Source: Antigua Observer | Fire victims get K donation from government The government has initially pledged $20,000 in relief to the family of 13 that lost their two homes in a fire at Greenbay Hill on Friday night. Attorney General Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin said the decision was taken at a meeting with Prime Minister Gaston

Empire and Bullets open lucrative Super 8 with victories

Source: Antigua Observer | Empire and Bullets open lucrative Super 8 with victories Former Premier Division champions, Empire FC, and Pigotts Bullets FC, were victors in the Antigua & Barbuda Football Association’s (ABFA) Wadadli Beer Super 8 Championships over the weekend. Empire, contesting the feature game of a double-header at the Antigua Recreation Ground (ARG)

BPM candidate wants to change the culture of Barbuda’s politics

Source: Antigua Observer | BPM candidate wants to change the culture of Barbuda’s politics Former teacher and Barbuda Peoples Movement (BPM) candidate, Asha Frank, said her political aspirations are rooted in her interest in the development of Barbuda and the need for a political arena that does not favour character assassination. Frank was nominated as

YIDA’s EIA inadequate, fails to meet terms of reference

Source: Antigua Observer | YIDA’s EIA inadequate, fails to meet terms of reference The Department of Environment’s (DoE) review of Yida’s Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA) has cited the study for failing to meet terms of reference (ToR), failing to conduct adequate new research, and for relying on outdated data from two decades ago. In

Woman found bludgeoned in Radio Range

Source: Antigua Observer | Woman found bludgeoned in Radio Range   A woman has been hospitalized in critical condition with injuries to the head and is believed to have been the victim of a bludgeoning incident yesterday morning. Forty-seven-year-old Althea Henry of Cashew Hill was discovered in a bushy area outside a private school in

APUA awaits audited report on Wadadli Power Plant

Source: Antigua Observer | APUA awaits audited report on Wadadli Power Plant The Electricity Manager at Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA), Andre Matthias said that a final report of an audit on the Wadadli Power Plant (WPP), will determine the next course of action for the under-performing facility at Crabb’s Peninsula. He said the technical

Blackhawks And Empire Welcomes Newcomers To ABCA First Class

Source: Antigua Observer | Blackhawks And Empire Welcomes Newcomers To ABCA First Class Newcomers to the Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association’s (ABCA) first class competition, Pigotts Crushers and Rising Sun Spartans, were harshly welcomed to the league’s Two-Day tournament over the weekend. Playing in Liberta, Pigotts Crushers fell to defending champions Liberta Blackhawks by 109

Nothing a public inquiry couldn’t solve

Source: Antigua Observer | Nothing a public inquiry couldn’t solve While taking a break from showering the OBSERVER with love during the most recent Parliament sittings, Prime Minister Gaston Browne revealed that the Government of Antigua & Barbuda had dispatched a strong rebuke of the assertions made in the March 2017 International Narcotics Control Strategy

A&E renews docuseries ‘Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath’

Source: Antigua Observer | A&E renews docuseries ‘Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath’ A&E announced Wednesday the renewal of “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” for a second season. The renewal includes 10 new hourlong installments of the series, which features Remini, a former Scientologist, meeting with individuals who have left the Church of Scientology

Palm Bay’s first Caribbean film festival accepting submissions

Source: Antigua Observer | Palm Bay’s first Caribbean film festival accepting submissions PALM BAY – There is now one more avenue for Caribbean filmmakers to showcase their work to the Diaspora, at the upcoming Caribbean Film Festival. The Palm Bay Caribe Film Festival, hosted by the Brevard Caribbean American Sports & Cultural Association (BCASCA), will

Government pledges $20k to fire victims

Source: Antigua Observer | Government pledges k to fire victims The government has pledged $20 thousand to the family of Aduke Antoine whose home was destroyed by fire in Green Bay on Friday. Attorney General Steadroy Cutie Benjamin says the decision was taken at a meeting with Prime Minister Gaston Browne today.   “Well clearly speaking, all persons who require

Police, relatives seek assistance finding missing man

Source: Antigua Observer | Police, relatives seek assistance finding missing man The police, along with the family of 38-year-old Bobby Neugent Simpson, are seeking the public’s assistance in finding him. He has been missing since January, according to reports. Police said they were told he was last seen when he visited his mother’s home in Browne’s

Government admits to blundering in amending the Police Act

Source: Antigua Observer | Government admits to blundering in amending the Police Act The government has agreed that it blundered when amendments were made to the Police Act, and Attorney General Steadroy Cutie Benjamin says it will be looked at again. He says the decision was taken following discussions on OBSERVER media’s BIG ISSUES on Sunday.   “Yesterday, I

More Young Minds Shaped Through Tourism Cadet Corps Program

Source: Antigua Chronicle | More Young Minds Shaped Through Tourism Cadet Corps Program The thrust continues by the Ministry of Tourism to inculcate the tenets of the industry which is the lifeblood of the Antiguan and Barbudan economy into the minds of the nation’s youth. Yesterday (FRI) some 130 students were initiated into the 2017

Antigua and Barbuda Cruise Sector on Growth Path

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Antigua and Barbuda Cruise Sector on Growth Path Antigua & Barbuda can expect to see steady growth in its cruise ship visitor arrivals over the next two seasons. This was revealed at the recently concluded Seatrade Global Convention in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where one of the hottest topics was the unprecedented

Chuck Berry, Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneer, Dies at 90

Source: Antigua Observer | Chuck Berry, Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneer, Dies at 90 The honour for having made the first rock’n’roll record is usually given to Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats for “Rocket ’88” (1951). Like all musical firsts, this is hotly argued over: landmark singles by Bill Haley, Big Joe Turner, Elvis Presley

Citizenship by Investment Unit Sponsors Commemorative Antigua Sailing Week Book

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Citizenship by Investment Unit Sponsors Commemorative Antigua Sailing Week Book   Antigua Sailing Week is pleased to announce a new sponsor, the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU). The CIU has come on board to sponsor the commemorative book created by Antigua Sailing Week organisers to memorialize Antigua and Barbuda’s top-class sailing event. Antigua Sailing

Caribbean crime thriller wins inaugural prize for BAME writers

Source: Antigua Observer | Caribbean crime thriller wins inaugural prize for BAME writers The inaugural Jhalak prize for black, Asian and minority ethnic writers (BAME) has been won by Jacob Ross with his “thrilling, visceral and meditative, and always cinematic” crime novel The Bone Readers. Ross’s winning book shadows Digger, a plainclothes officer working in

CDB funds project to prevent loss of correspondent banking relationships

Source: Antigua Observer | CDB funds project to prevent loss of correspondent banking relationships BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved funding of US$250,000 to strengthen financial transparency, and assist in preventing the loss of correspondent banking relationships (CBRs) in the region. In the Caribbean, CBRs facilitate

Usaid clean energy program to help hospitality sector

Source: Antigua Observer | Usaid clean energy program to help hospitality sector The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Caribbean Clean Energy Program (CARCEP), is supporting energy efficiency across the region’s hospitality sector with a series of energy efficiency workshops. The second in this series was held at the

Persons with Disabilities Receive Special Awards at Government House

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Persons with Disabilities Receive Special Awards at Government House Monday, March 13th, 2017, Commonwealth Day, will go down in Antigua and Barbuda’s history as a special day for a group of persons living with disabilities. Six of them from the National Vocational and Rehabilitation Centre for Persons with Disabilities (NVRCD) were

Israel’s defense minister warns it will destroy Syria’s air defenses ‘without the slightest hesitation’

Source: Antigua Observer | Israel’s defense minister warns it will destroy Syria’s air defenses ‘without the slightest hesitation’ Israel’s Defense Minister has warned Syria not to use its air-defense systems against its warplanes after the Syrians fired at Israeli jets attacking a convoy suspected of supplying weapons to the Hizballah militant group. “The next time

Millions of educated Russians flee putin’s Russia

Source: Antigua Observer | Millions of educated Russians flee putin’s Russia The rapidly climbing numbers of Russians fleeing the country in search of political freedom and economic opportunity in the West has become the greatest threat to the stability of the Russian Federation, said an Atlantic Council analyst. According to Alina Polyakova, director of research

New Solar Energy Plant to be Installed on Barbuda

Source: Antigua Chronicle | New Solar Energy Plant to be Installed on Barbuda The government of Antigua and Barbuda (GOAB) further strives toward the realisation of generating 20 per cent of its electricity from renewable energy resources by the year 2020. The installation of a 150 kWp clean power project on the Caribbean twin islands

Statement by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda in response to the 2017 US International Narcotics Control Strategy Report as it relates to Antigua and Barbuda

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Statement by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda in response to the 2017 US International Narcotics Control Strategy Report as it relates to Antigua and Barbuda The Government of Antigua and Barbuda deeply regrets that the 2017 US International Narcotics Control Strategy Report misrepresents the situation in Antigua and Barbuda with

The White House serves up a red herring on Russia

Source: Antigua Observer | The White House serves up a red herring on Russia President Trump is tweeting again. Monday morning will feature a House Intelligence Committee hearing at which Trump’s own FBI director, James B. Comey, is expected to dispute Trump’s claim that President Barack Obama wiretapped him — and weigh in on other

‘Intense’ strikes pound east Damascus after rebel assault

Source: Antigua Observer | ‘Intense’ strikes pound east Damascus after rebel assault Heavy air strikes hammered opposition-held neighbourhoods of Syria’s capital on Monday after government forces pushed back a surprise assault that saw rebels try to fight their way into the city centre. Rebels and allied militants, led by former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front,

Bloodied woman rushed to hospital

Source: Antigua Observer | Bloodied woman rushed to hospital Police are investigating how a woman sustained injuries about the face and had to be rushed to hospital. She was found in a semi-conscious state near the Minoah Magnet Academy this morning. Observer media’s Tameika Malone was at the scene. Here she is being interviewed by Shermaine Bique:

Lower House approves amendments to two key labour laws

Source: Antigua Observer | Lower House approves amendments to two key labour laws The Lower House of Parliament has appproved amendments to two critical pieces of law, which speak to the rights of workers and their right to be protected. The  Labour Commissioner (Amend-ment) Bill 2017 and the Labour Code (Amendment) Act 2017 were passed

Macron holds edge in French election race ahead of first debate

Source: Antigua Observer | Macron holds edge in French election race ahead of first debate Emmanuel Macron remains favorite to win France’s turbulent presidential election race, a poll showed on Sunday, on the eve of a first televised debate which could allow embattled conservative Francois Fillon to get back in contention. Macron, a former economy

Caribbean mourns Sir Derek Walcott

Source: Antigua Observer | Caribbean mourns Sir Derek Walcott BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, May 18, CMC – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has described the late Nobel Laureate, Sir Derek Walcott, as a “quintessential Caribbean writer” as the region continued to pay tribute to the St. Lucian cultural icon who died on Friday at the age of 87

Another traveler from Dominican Republic held with drugs at JFK

Source: Antigua Observer | Another traveler from Dominican Republic held with drugs at JFK NEW YORK, Mar. 19, CMC –US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport have arrested another national from the Dominican Republic who attempted to transport cocaine into the country. According to the CBP, Mayobanex Ruiz Gomez

US Coast Guard repatriates 27 Cuban migrants

Source: Antigua Observer | US Coast Guard repatriates 27 Cuban migrants MIAMI, Mar. 19, CMC – The United States Coast Guard says the Cutter Charles Sexton repatriated 27 Cuban migrants Friday to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba. The Coast Guard said the repatriation was the result of a migrant interdiction near Key Largo last Sunday. The

Police probe quadruple killing in western parish

Source: Antigua Observer | Police probe quadruple killing in western parish KINGSTON, Jamaica, Mar. 19, CMC – The police are probing the murder of four persons in the western parish of Westmoreland . The police report that late Saturday, the four – Timothy Bernard, 23, Demario McIntosh, 19, Glendon Nannan, 68 and Carl Banhan, 54,

Fudadin, Reifer put Jaguars ahead with half-centuries

Source: Antigua Observer | Fudadin, Reifer put Jaguars ahead with half-centuries PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Mar 18, CMC — Assad Fudadin struck a half-century in his first game of the season while Raymon Reifer gathered his second and 10th overall, as Guyana Jaguars batted the entire second day to eke out a small lead over Trinidad

Gayle, Bravo sidelined as Carter, Mohammed force in (adds details)

Source: Antigua Observer | Gayle, Bravo sidelined as Carter, Mohammed force in (adds details) ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Mar 18, CMC — Batting superstar Chris Gayle will take no part in the four-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan starting later this month, after being left out of 16-man squad announced Saturday. The left-handed Gayle also did not

Collapse leaves Volcanoes on brink of defeat

Source: Antigua Observer | Collapse leaves Volcanoes on brink of defeat BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Mar 18, CMC — A shocking late evening collapse left Windward Islands Volcanoes on the verge of a heavy against Barbados Pride, heading into Sunday’s penultimate day of their seventh round clash. Trailing by 31 runs after doing well to dismiss Pride

Statue for Bolt at Independence Park

Source: Antigua Observer | Statue for Bolt at Independence Park KINGSTON, Jamaica, Mar 18, CMC — Government will erect an eight-foot statue of Usain Bolt at Independence Park in honour of the sprint legend who plans to retire this August. Describing the move as “a lasting tribute”, Sports Minister Olivia Grange said the statue would

Residents Begin Home And Neighborhood Crime Prevention Initiative

Source: Antigua Observer | Residents Begin Home And Neighborhood Crime Prevention Initiative Residents living in the St John’s Rural East Constituency have begun a Home and Neighborhood Crime Prevention and Safety initiative. The first public forum was held on March 14, at the Clare Hall Secondary School, to sensitize community residents of matters pertaining to

Nobel laureate poet Derek Walcott dies in St. Lucia

Source: Antigua Observer | Nobel laureate poet Derek Walcott dies in St. Lucia Poet Derek Walcott, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992, died at his home in St. Lucia on Friday aged 87, a spokesman for his publisher said. Jeff Seroy, a spokesman for publisher Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, said St. Lucia-born

Vast Beatles collection goes on auction in Paris

Source: Antigua Observer | Vast Beatles collection goes on auction in Paris A vast collection of rare Beatles vinyl records, photos and other paraphernalia will go on auction in Paris on Saturday. Beatles aficionado Jacques Volcouve began his collection in 1967 with the album “A Hard Day’s Night”. Decades later, it has grown to include nearly 15,000 records

Depeche Mode return with new album ‘Spirit’

Source: Antigua Observer | Depeche Mode return with new album ‘Spirit’ Depeche Mode are back, releasing their 14th studio album which the British synth-pop musicians describe as “bleak”. The Syrian conflict and rise of nationalism in Europe are cited by the band as inspiration for their songs on “Spirit”.  “I think it is a quite

Top NSA official ridicules allegation Britain spied on Trump

Source: Antigua Observer | Top NSA official ridicules allegation Britain spied on Trump Allegations from the United States that British spy agency GCHQ snooped on Donald Trump during his election campaign are “arrant nonsense”, the deputy head of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) said in an interview on Saturday. President Trump has stood by

Russian parliament backs investigation into U.S. media

Source: Antigua Observer | Russian parliament backs investigation into U.S. media The Russian lower house of parliament, the State Duma, has approved a proposal to launch an investigation into U.S. media organizations that operate in Russia, it said in a statement posted on its web site late on Friday. The investigation, which will be conducted

Former U.S. officials say ‘complex’ relationship with China needs ‘fresh start’

Source: Antigua Observer | Former U.S. officials say ‘complex’ relationship with China needs ‘fresh start’ Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on Saturday said that the Sino-American relationship had grown “increasingly difficult and complex” and required “a fresh start”. “Both countries benefit from the $600 billion trading relationship, but there’s no doubt that the deficit

U.S., China soften tone, say to work together on North Korea

Source: Antigua Observer | U.S., China soften tone, say to work together on North Korea The United States and China will work together to get nuclear-armed North Korea take “a different course”, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Saturday, softening previous criticism of Beijing after talks with his Chinese counterpart. China has been

Police officers will be ‘seconded’ too

Source: Antigua Observer | Police officers will be ‘seconded’ too The Lower House of Parliament has passed an amendment to the Police Act CAP 330, which would allow the Minister of Public Safety to transfer “gazetted officers” of the Royal Police Force of Antigua & Barbuda (RPFAB) to other departments within his portfolio. The Bill,

Major Boost for Disaster Response Services

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Major Boost for Disaster Response Services A wide cross section of Antigua and Barbuda’s Disaster Response Services received a major boost this week with the hosting of a two-day workshop designed to strengthen the country’s Health Disaster Management Programs. The exercise, which was held in conjunction with the Ministry of Health

Local Doctor Urges Early Vigilance for Glaucoma

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Local Doctor Urges Early Vigilance for Glaucoma What distinguishes glaucoma above many illnesses is that there are no symptoms and that’s where many persons are caught off guard. Losing one’s vision without knowing can be a frightening experience Glaucoma is a condition that causes damage to the eye‘s optic nerve and can

Dickenson Bay Beach Bash Returns With New Twist

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Dickenson Bay Beach Bash Returns With New Twist The advent of the 50th edition of Antigua Sailing Week has given event organisers an opportunity to look at its first 50 years and review the old traditions to see how some of them can be re-incorporated into the event. As a result, the strapline for

Candidates protest FA’s election delay

Source: Antigua Observer | Candidates protest FA’s election delay Candidates for the Antigua & Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) election have reacted to news that the anticipated vote had been suspended from its original date of May 13. President of the ABFA, Everton Gonsalves, announced on Wednesday that owing to a clash with FIFA’s congress also

More for war, less for diplomacy

Source: Antigua Observer | More for war, less for diplomacy We do not like to comment on other countries’ affairs unless they impact us. We take the stance that we live in Antigua & Barbuda and we do not have any standing to criticise other countries on their domestic issues and policies. We do, however,

Simmons believes Russell will be back stronger from ‘harsh’ ban

Source: Antigua Observer | Simmons believes Russell will be back stronger from ‘harsh’ ban KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) — Batsman Lendl Simmons has backed his West Indies teammate Andre Russell to bounce back strongly following his one-year anti-doping whereabouts ban. Jamaican Russell, one of the world’s most sought-after Twenty20 players, was slapped with the suspension last

Gaston demands answers, Lovell demands inquiry

Source: Antigua Observer | Gaston demands answers, Lovell demands inquiry The Political Leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP) Harold Lovell has admitted to working for former Honorary Consul Luiz Augusto Franca, who is now one of the key men involved in the Odebrecht scandal, but dismissed the revelation as an irrelevant red herring in

PM rebuffs US report

Source: Antigua Observer | PM rebuffs US report A 2017 US State Department report that gave a scathing assessment of Antigua & Barbuda, has been fiercely rebuffed by Prime Minister Gaston Browne. The International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) Volume II on Money Laundering and Financial Crimes, which was released in March 2017, described the

PM cautions CIU boss

Source: Antigua Observer | PM cautions CIU boss The prime minister has issued a stern reminder to potential heads of the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) that they do not own the unit and that the programme is led by a “ministerial” mandate. Prime Minister Gaston Browne made comments slamming “a gentleman” brought in to

All Saints East & St Luke MP now an independent candidate

Source: Antigua Observer | All Saints East & St Luke MP now an independent candidate In a peculiar and almost historic occasion, Member of Parliament for the All Saints East & St Luke Constituency Joanne Massiah was yesterday named an independent candidate – the first female politician to ever bear the title. She will now

APUA records lowest water levels ever

Source: Antigua Observer | APUA records lowest water levels ever The most recent Cabinet report has revealed that for over  two days earlier this week, “fresh water production across the nation was at its lowest level it has ever been”. This week’s report stated that the water levels were low even when compared to drought

Gov’t steps in to resolve Horsford Hill vendors’ plight

Source: Antigua Observer | Gov’t steps in to resolve Horsford Hill vendors’ plight The government said it has arrived at a settlement in the matter involving irate souvenir vendors at Horsford Hill and the National Parks Authority (NPA). The dispute stems from the lack of bathroom facilities and running water for vendors and tourists who

Wildcard rules could be reviewed says WTA chief

Source: Antigua Observer | Wildcard rules could be reviewed says WTA chief The rules on wildcards handed to players who have been suspended could be reviewed in the wake of Maria Sharapova’s return from a doping ban, says the head of women’s tennis. But WTA chief Steve Simon says it would be unfair to “wipe

Antigua & Barbuda Receives USD45.9mn Loan From CDB to Upgrade Roads

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Antigua & Barbuda Receives USD45.9mn Loan From CDB to Upgrade Roads The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a loan of USD45.9 million to assist the Government of Antigua and Barbuda with the development and management of a reliable and sustainable road sector. The loan will be used to rehabilitate 27.76

Barbados Prime Minister adamant – No IMF!

Source: Antigua Observer | Barbados Prime Minister adamant – No IMF! Barbados Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart, Wednesday rejected a suggestion from former prime minister Owen Arthur that the island has no option but to go to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for assistance in dealing with the ailing economy. Speaking in the Parliament on the

Gender and transportation discussed during Guyana forum

Source: Antigua Observer | Gender and transportation discussed during Guyana forum GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Mar. 16, CMC – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has organized the first forum on gender and transport with the objective of creating a space for the exchange of information between public policymakers, researchers and transport experts on how to incorporate the

Venezuelan team in St Kitts Nevis to strengthen bilateral relationship

Source: Antigua Observer | Venezuelan team in St Kitts Nevis to strengthen bilateral relationship BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Mar. 16, CMC – A technical team from Venezuela arrived here on Wednesday to further strengthen the bilateral relationship between both countries. Wednesday’s visit stemmed from bilateral talks held between Prime Minister, Dr. Timothy Harris and the Foreign

Emma Watson plans legal action over stolen photos

Source: Antigua Observer | Emma Watson plans legal action over stolen photos “Beauty and the Beast” star Emma Watson is planning legal action over photos said to have been leaked online, but her representatives on Wednesday denied reports that the pictures showed the British actress nude. “Photos from a clothes fitting Emma had with a

Brits still waiting for full Brexit comedy dividend

Source: Antigua Observer | Brits still waiting for full Brexit comedy dividend They were the two stories that rocked the Western world last year. But while Donald Trump’s election injected new life into U.S. political comedy, the British are still waiting for Brexit to usher in their new golden age of satire. Americans can choose

Comcast’s Fandango Media to launch online merchandise store

Source: Antigua Observer | Comcast’s Fandango Media to launch online merchandise store Fandango Media LLC, a Web-based movie ticketing platform owned by Comcast Corp, said it would launch an online merchandise store next month. Fandango FanShop will offer curated wearables, collectibles, “experiences and events” tied to theatrical releases and movie franchises. FanShop’s initial offerings will

Dutch PM cheers EU leaders by seeing off far-right’s Wilders

Source: Antigua Observer | Dutch PM cheers EU leaders by seeing off far-right’s Wilders EU leaders lined up on Thursday to congratulate Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on beating far-rightist Geert Wilders in the first of a series of European elections this year in which populist insurgent parties are hoping to rock the establishment. The

Heavily-armed student opens fire in French high school, three injured

Source: Antigua Observer | Heavily-armed student opens fire in French high school, three injured A teenage student opened fire on Thursday at a high school in southeastern France injuring three people, including the headmaster, in an attack carried out after he had watched American-style mass shooting videos, the interior ministry said. The incident, which does

Letter bomb at IMF’s Paris office injures employee

Source: Antigua Observer | Letter bomb at IMF’s Paris office injures employee A female employee of the International Monetary Fund was injured in the face and arms on Thursday when a letter bomb posted to the world lender’s Paris office blew up as she opened it, police said. The explosion was caused by a homemade

Parents welcome new eBook computer rollout

Source: Antigua Observer | Parents welcome new eBook computer rollout Many of the parents of students at the All Saints Secondary School (ASSS) have placed their faith in the newly distributed eBook computers to transform the way their children learn, and stated that they are in support of the initiative. OBSERVER media spoke to a

Youth encouraged to take part in reparations forum and rally

Source: Antigua Observer | Youth encouraged to take part in reparations forum and rally Young people in Antigua & Barbuda are being encouraged to attend a Youth Forum and Rally, today, which is hosted by the Antigua and Barbuda Reparations Support Commission (ABRSC). According to the ABRSC, the event, which will be held under the

Gov’t safeguards twin island’s maritime boundaries

Source: Antigua Observer | Gov’t safeguards twin island’s maritime boundaries Government officials signed a treaty, yesterday, to solidify negotiations with the Republic of France to define the maritime space between Antigua & Barbuda and the neighbouring French territories. The treaty establishes the outer limits of Antigua & Barbuda’s jurisdiction from where the Exclusive Economic Zone

ALLEGED KIDNAPPER CHARGED

Source: Antigua Observer | ALLEGED KIDNAPPER CHARGED A 29-year-old resident of Cassada Gardens who had been on the police’s wanted list before he turned himself in last Friday, has been charged in connection with the March 3 kidnapping and aggravated robbery of two women. The accused, Shanell Thomas, also known as “Malice” and “Mabz”, appeared

German police raid Audi offices, escalating Volkswagen diesel inquiry

Source: Antigua Observer | German police raid Audi offices, escalating Volkswagen diesel inquiry A criminal investigation of Volkswagen’s diesel fraud escalated on Wednesday after the authorities in Germany searched offices of the automaker’s Audi luxury car unit, threatening a crucial source of badly needed profit. The new Audi investigation by prosecutors in Munich, along with

Suicide bombing hits justice building in Damascus

Source: Antigua Observer | Suicide bombing hits justice building in Damascus A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a historic judicial building in Damascus on Wednesday, Syrian state media said. It was the second mass-casualty attack in five days in the heart of the Syrian capital. The head of the Damascus police, Mohammed Kheir Ismail,

Woman’s headphones caught fire midflight, Australian authorities say

Source: Antigua Observer | Woman’s headphones caught fire midflight, Australian authorities say A passenger on a flight from Beijing to Melbourne, Australia, was listening to music on her own personal headphones when the headphones suddenly caught fire, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau says. The ATSB assessed that the batteries within the headphones were probably the

Trump hits back at Snoop Dogg ‘assassination’ video

Source: Antigua Observer | Trump hits back at Snoop Dogg ‘assassination’ video U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday attacked a music video in which rapper Snoop Dogg points a fake gun at a clown-like Trump figure. “Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the

Government forced to delay Customs merger into BRA

Source: Antigua Observer | Government forced to delay Customs merger into BRA With unionized workers at the Customs & Excise Department still not budging, Government has seemingly resigned itself to another year without having Customs under the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) umbrella. At least, that is what the 2017/2018 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, which

We are IMF bound, warns Arthur

Source: Antigua Observer | We are IMF bound, warns Arthur There is no doubt in the mind of former Prime Minister Owen Arthur that Barbados will turn to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for help to tackle its fiscal problems. Speaking during debate on 2017/2018 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, Arthur said the move was

CISOCA head says pastor’s 20-year sentence a lesson

Source: Antigua Observer | CISOCA head says pastor’s 20-year sentence a lesson SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — Head of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), Superintendent Enid Ross Stewart, says she is pleased with the recent sentencing of a minister of religion to 20 years in prison for having sexual intercourse

Sailing Week move sits well with taxi operators

Source: Antigua Observer | Sailing Week move sits well with taxi operators Sailing Week after party move sits well with taxi operators Taxi drivers are elated that after party for Antigua Sailing Week, one of the Caribbean’s most prominent regattas, has been moved from Nelson’s Dockyard back to Dickenson Bay. Hulester “Moody” Thwaites, former head driver with

Gov’t orders resumption of probe into CIP investor

Source: Antigua Observer | Gov’t orders resumption of probe into CIP investor The government has ordered the resumption of the investigation into the granting of citizenship to Chinese investor, Lihua Tian, who allegedly wilfully concealed material facts in support of her application which was approved. A notice ordering the probe has been published in the

Still no date for referendum

Source: Antigua Observer | Still no date for referendum The Antigua & Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) said that, to date, it has not been given a date for the referendum to select the Caribbean Court of Justice over the Privy Council as the country’s final appellate court. ABEC’s Public Relations Officer, Anne Harewood-George, said that

‘Administrative issues’ delay start of murder trial

Source: Antigua Observer | ‘Administrative issues’ delay start of murder trial The beginning of the trial for murder accused, Cudero Joseph, commenced today after the Director of Public Prosecutions informed the High Court yesterday of “administrative issues” that required immediate attention and which necessitated a delay. This development came after a 12-member jury and two

Pakistan paceman provisionally suspended by PCB

Source: Antigua Observer | Pakistan paceman provisionally suspended by PCB Pakistan paceman Mohammad Irfan has been provisionally suspended as part of an anti-corruption investigation into the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The 34 year old has been charged with two violations of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) anti-corruption code. The seven-foot tall bowler has 14 days

Carty shines but Hurricanes slip to heavy loss

Source: Antigua Observer | Carty shines but Hurricanes slip to heavy loss BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Youth World Cup star Keacy Carty’s second first class half-century was not enough to prevent Leeward Islands Hurricanes from a heavy innings defeat to Barbados Pride inside three days in Barbados on Monday. The 19 year old struck the

Black Reveals Slate, Pledges Finances To Clubs

Source: Antigua Observer | Black Reveals Slate, Pledges Finances To Clubs President of the Harney Motors Tryum FC and presidential candidate for the May 13 elections of the Antigua & Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) Keithroy Black, on Tuesday, released a seven-member slate to contest the anticipated vote. Among the list are three potential vice presidents

Paul McCartney should wait to get back Beatles songs, Sony/ATV says

Source: Antigua Observer | Paul McCartney should wait to get back Beatles songs, Sony/ATV says Paul McCartney, who has waited decades to reclaim ownership of hundreds of the Beatles’ songs, should wait a little longer rather than continue his U.S. lawsuit against Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, the defendant said. In a filing on Monday with

Ben Affleck reveals he completed rehab stint for alcohol addiction

Source: Antigua Observer | Ben Affleck reveals he completed rehab stint for alcohol addiction The actor released a statement to Facebook on Tuesday, revealing he had recently completed a stint in rehab for alcohol addiction. “I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront,” Affleck

Credit card fraud: Caribbean Airlines losing $3.2m a year

Source: Antigua Observer | Credit card fraud: Caribbean Airlines losing .2m a year Trinidadians are among credit card tricksters involved in the unauthorised use of people’s credit card information to purchase airline tickets which is causing state-owned Caribbean Airlines to lose about TT$3.25 million annually. This was revealed by CAL officials as they appeared before

Syphilis outbreak

Source: Antigua Observer | Syphilis outbreak Barbados – Health authorities here are reporting an outbreak of syphilis on the island. Senior Medical Officer with responsibility for HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) Dr Anton Best said the outbreak was first detected in 2013 and the Ministry of Health immediately put systems in place to improve

Woman caught with marijuana in barrel

Source: Antigua Observer | Woman caught with marijuana in barrel Barbados – Police have arrested and charged 36-year-old Rochelle Diana Gill of Accommodation Road, Bush Hall, St Michael, in connection with a number of drug-related offences. A statement from the police said Gill made arrangements with another person to have cannabis, concealed in a barrel of

Foreign national dies after yacht accident

Source: Antigua Observer | Foreign national dies after yacht accident PORTLAND, Jamaica — Tragedy struck Tuesday afternoon at the Errol Flynn Marina when a woman, said to be a foreign national, fell off a yacht and died.  Reports reaching OBSERVER ONLINE are that, at about 2:30 pm, the woman was doing work on the spleen

Love and Harmony cruise to continue next year

Source: Antigua Observer | Love and Harmony cruise to continue next year Jamaica – THERE will be a 2018 Love And Harmony Cruise, based on positive response to its maiden sail, co-promoter DJ Jabba told the Jamaica Observer. A diverse dancehall/soca cast were on the February 27-March 3 event which made stops in Miami and

Fantastic performances bring joy to Grand Prix sponsors

Source: Antigua Observer | Fantastic performances bring joy to Grand Prix sponsors Jamaica – The third staging of the Digicel Grand Prix Series won by St Jago High and Edwin Allen High was a resounding success, says Digicel’s senior sponsorship manager Kamal Powell. St Jago retained their boys’ title by amassing 84 points and edged

Government couldn’t avoid NHT drawdown, says Shaw

Source: Antigua Observer | Government couldn’t avoid NHT drawdown, says Shaw Jamaica – Audley Shaw yesterday said the Government had no choice but to continue the $11.4-billion drawdown from the National Housing Trust (NHT) to help prop up the national budget, as to do otherwise at this time, given the Administration’s $1.5-million tax break commitment,

Despicable Me 3’s new trailer introduces Gru’s twin brother

Source: Antigua Observer | Despicable Me 3’s new trailer introduces Gru’s twin brother The best things may come in threes, but what about the most despicable? In the latest trailer from Minion-factory Illumination Entertainment for the third entry in the Despicable Me franchise, we see the now-retired archvillain Gru meet a long-lost relative — a

Antigua Ready to Maximise its Renewable Energy Resources

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Antigua Ready to Maximise its Renewable Energy Resources By: Helen Young, A recently published report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), has shown that Antigua and Barbuda are poised to accelerate the growth of sustainable energy, with nearly 75 per cent of its peak energy demand capable of being met by renewable

ABBA Announces U-19 Training Squad for Leeward Islands Basketball Association Tournament

Source: Antigua Chronicle | ABBA Announces U-19 Training Squad for Leeward Islands Basketball Association Tournament Months ahead of the Leeward Islands Basketball Association U-19 Tournament slated for August 14th – 18th, the Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) announces its Training Squad. Tavarus Benta, Mico Scotland, Kellony Tonge, Anthony Greer, Tyler Jacobs, Teyon Lake, Cairon

Antigua & Barbuda reaps rewards from EU-funded programme

Source: Antigua Observer | Antigua & Barbuda reaps rewards from EU-funded programme The director of the Antigua & Barbuda Bureau of Standards said the twin island state has benefitted immensely from a regional programme funded by the 10th European Development Fund (EDF), which was centred on the building of the region’s capabilities in the several

Collins to retire at IAAF World Championships

Source: Antigua Observer | Collins to retire at IAAF World Championships Legendary sprinter Kim Collins will join Usain Bolt in retiring from the sport at the IAAF World Championships London 2017. Collins, the 2003 world 100m champion, has enjoyed a distinguished career competing for St Kitts & Nevis for more than 20 years, but will call

Wozniacki calls Sharapova’s Stuttgart wildcard ‘disrespectful’

Source: Antigua Observer | Wozniacki calls Sharapova’s Stuttgart wildcard ‘disrespectful’ Maria Sharapova’s wildcard entry to April’s Porsche Grand Prix is “disrespectful” to other players, ex-number one Caroline Wozniacki says. The Stuttgart event starts two days before the Russian’s 15-month doping ban ends and she will not be allowed to attend until the day of her

John Hughes takes Second Division crown as playoffs kick off

Source: Antigua Observer | John Hughes takes Second Division crown as playoffs kick off John Hughes captured the Antigua & Barbuda Football Association’s (ABFA) Second Division title on Sunday, winning the championship match against Willikies 2-1 at the Antigua Recreation Ground. Contesting the feature game of a triple-header, John Hughes had both goals come from

Clare Hall triumphs as PMS wins again at Inter-schools

Source: Antigua Observer | Clare Hall triumphs as PMS wins again at Inter-schools Clare Hall Secondary School (CHSS) captured their first boy’s title while Princess Margaret School (PMS) raced to a fifth straight girl’s championship during the Coca Cola sponsored National Inter-schools Track & Field Championships held at the YASCO Sports Complex over the weekend.

Judge urges after school supervision for youth

Source: Antigua Observer | Judge urges after school supervision for youth High Court Judge, Keith Thom is calling on parents and those who have a vested interest in the nation’s youth to do something about unsupervised schoolgirls who are roaming the streets after school hours. The judge said that he has personally observed large groups

Medical professionals look to MBS for glaucoma stats

Source: Antigua Observer | Medical professionals look to MBS for glaucoma stats Medical professionals have stated the need to forge a partnership with the Medical Benefits Scheme (MBS) in order to collect data on glaucoma in Antigua & Barbuda. Ophthalmologist and Medical Director at the Mount St John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC) Dr Alvin Edwards said

MORE WATER WOES AFTER EXPOLSION AT CRABB’S

Source: Antigua Observer | MORE WATER WOES AFTER EXPOLSION AT CRABB’S For the second consecutive day, the majority of households and businesses on the island will be without water, and the head of the Water Business Unit at Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) Ivan Rodrigues is asking residents to “please bear with APUA”. This, after

Officials urge residents to exercise caution when shopping online

Source: Antigua Observer | Officials urge residents to exercise caution when shopping online Stop, think and connect, is the message officials from the Prices and Consumer Affairs Division is sending to the general public ahead of World Consumer Rights Day being observed today. World Consumer Rights Day, being celebrated under the theme: Building a Digital

Pique says players are not ‘robots’ after Deportivo defeat

Source: Antigua Observer | Pique says players are not ‘robots’ after Deportivo defeat Barcelona defender Gerard Pique says his team members are not “robots” after they followed up their Champions League heroics by losing 2-1 to Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga. Barca beat PSG 6-1 on Wednesday to win 6-5 on aggregate, scoring three goals in

Signing to corporate brands is no sell out – I Octane

Source: Antigua Observer | Signing to corporate brands is no sell out – I Octane Reggae artiste I-Octane believes artistes should not shy away from merging their talents with Corporate companies, as this is by no means a ‘sell-out’ move. The artiste pointed to acts like Drake and Rihanna who have taken their careers to

Pilgrim: It was a rent a crowd

Source: Antigua Observer | Pilgrim: It was a rent a crowd The ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) is charging that Barbadians were paid to participate in yesterday’s national March of Disgust organized by the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP). Speaking on a local radio programme this morning, DLP General Secretary George Pilgrim charged that yesterday’s march,

Robot takes to stage in British ‘Spillikin’ play

Source: Antigua Observer | Robot takes to stage in British ‘Spillikin’ play When Judy Norman walks on stage for the play “Spillikin”, she performs beside a somewhat different cast member – a humanoid robot. Featuring a “robothespian”, the play brings love and technology together for a story about a robot maker who builds a robot

Ukraine mulls ban on Russia’s Eurovision entry

Source: Antigua Observer | Ukraine mulls ban on Russia’s Eurovision entry This year’s Eurovision Song Contest host Ukraine may ban Russia’s competitor from entering the country following reports the singer has visited Crimea since the peninsula was seized by Russia, Ukraine’s state security service (SBU) said on Monday. Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 sent

Box Office: ‘Kong’ roars but will it be loud enough?

Source: Antigua Observer | Box Office: ‘Kong’ roars but will it be loud enough? The movie opened to a better-than-expected $61 million domestically in a win for Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros., but will have to do monster-like business globally to come out OK financially. In the days leading up to the release of Kong:

Republicans rebuke King for racial remarks

Source: Antigua Observer | Republicans rebuke King for racial remarks Republicans are piling on Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), rebuking the GOP lawmaker for remarks that Democrats have cast as racist. In a tweet on Sunday, King praised far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders, a fierce critic of Islam who supports curbing immigration in his home country.

New surveillance video of Michael Brown sparks protests

Source: Antigua Observer | New surveillance video of Michael Brown sparks protests (CNN) New video captured hours before Michael Brown was killed shows the 18-year-old exchanging marijuana for cigarillos with the clerks of a Ferguson, Missouri, store, a documentary director told CNN on Monday. Director Jason Pollock, whose film “Stranger Fruit” debuted at the South

Major and messy winter storm bears down on Washington

Source: Antigua Observer | Major and messy winter storm bears down on Washington A powerful Nor’easter developing tonight in the Mid-Atlantic promises to deliver every type of winter precipitation imaginable across the metro region. Heavy snow is likely to plaster our far north and west areas. A mix of accumulating snow, sleet  and rain will

Villa Man Nabbed on Several Separate Counts of Larceny

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Villa Man Nabbed on Several Separate Counts of Larceny On the weekend, the police arrested and charged 36yr-old Natakie Shervington of Villa on several separate counts of Larceny. Last Thursday, the accused went to the Pearl River Supermarket located in Point, and ordered 10 packs of Bamboo Wrapping Paper and 10

Integrity Commission Gets Letter from Group, The Movement

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Integrity Commission Gets Letter from Group, The Movement THE MOVEMENT Good Governance & Participatory Democracy for a Better Antigua and Barbuda movementforgoodgov@gmail.com 9th February, 2017 The Commissioners Integrity Commission High Street St. John’s Dear Commissioners: Please permit us to introduce our organization.  The Movement is a non-partisan, non-sectarian, grass roots, not-for-profit

Group, The Movement, Writes to ONDCP

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Group, The Movement, Writes to ONDCP THE MOVEMENT Good Governance & Participatory Democracy for a Better Antigua and Barbuda movementforgoodgov@gmail.com 9th February, 2017   The Director Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy Camp Blizzard, St Georges, Antigua Email: ondcp@candw.ag Dear Sir: Please permit us to introduce our organization.

Rotaract Club of Antigua celebrates 49th World Rotaract Week

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Rotaract Club of Antigua celebrates 49th World Rotaract Week Happy 49th World Rotaract Week! Every year, World Rotaract Week honors the creation of the first Rotaract club in the world. Rotaract was officially inaugurated in January 1968 under Rotary International President Luther Hodges, with the first club being based in in

Antigua Meets Winair, Air France and KLM Teams

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Antigua Meets Winair, Air France and KLM Teams Last Tuesday March 7, 2017 WINAIR, Air France and KLM held a joined Sales & Marketing meeting in Antigua. Presenters were Claudio Buncamper representing WINAIR, Martijn Ten Broecke representing Air France and KLM. The objective was to raise awareness that Winair connects Antigua not

Wanted Man in Police Custody

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Wanted Man in Police Custody The Cassada Gardens Man who was wanted by the police for allegations of Attempted Murder, Robberies and other serious offences, is now in police custody. Shanell Thomas aka “Silence,” “Malice,” “Mabz” of Cassada Gardens surrendered himself to the police on Friday around 6 pm. Both Thomas

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